Ambassador Feature: Sydney Rookes

May 20, 2019

Sydney Rookes is a highschool student competing in the hunters and equitation. Sydney has many special horses in her life, one of which is her 12 year old gray Off The Track Thoroughbred gelding. Sydney has owned Prince for almost 2 years and together they competed in the 2'3 Long Stirrup division. He brought her far and helped improve her riding a horsemanship. Another special horse in Sydney's life is Chickpea. Sydney and her mom rescued Chickpea from a killpen in September 2018. When she arrived she had never been handled by a person and she's since come so far. Chickpea has since been taught to wear a halter, walk in a lead, and be groomed, and lately has been working on loading into the trailer with Sydney. Along with working with her horses, she also likes studying horsemanship and playing with her goat! Sydney's short term goals include selling Fern, a horse she has been working with to prepare her for a new home. Her long term goals include committing to a college equestrian team for the NCEA and continue riding through college. Sydney mainly shows at Wills Park but would love to return to Tryon again and hopes to show at WEF before she leaves for college in a couple years. Sydney also runs Succor Occasions, where she sells polo wraps and bonnets and donates the profits to rescues. You can find Sydney on instagram using the usernames @srookesequestrian_, @bridlepathstudios, and @succor.occasions. She says her favorite thing about being a Bits and Breeches Ambassador is "being able to spread the word about such an amazing blog" and "all the support the other ambassadors give to each other"! We love having you on the team, Sydney!

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